Nail Fungus Symptoms

Many people suffer from some form of nail fungus symptoms. We do our best to not show our toe nails to anyone for fear that someone might see the brittleness of discoloration of the nail. So instead of wearing open toe shoes or sandals, we cover our feet up in stuffy socks and hot shoes.

There are many options for solving all these fungus problems. However, many of them use dangerous chemicals and abrasive measures to treat the problem. Some of them don’t even work, but offer a false hope to individuals who are attracted to the inexpensive price tag.

What Is Nail Fungus?

But what causes this nasty little fungus? When you are out in the normal world, you encounter many different forms of microbes, one of those are fungal spores. These microscopic organisms don’t normally tend to be a problem, but if they get under the nails of your skin, it provides a warm and moist place for them to grow.

Over time as debris enters the nail, from normal walking or walking in the home barefoot, it provides nutrients to help the spore thrive even more. That along with normal bathing provides it with the moisture needed to grow and expand.

As the fungus grows, so do the symptoms. They can include loosening of the nail, discoloration, crumbling, thickening, and even distortion of the nail’s natural shape. While this can also happen to finger nails, fungal symptoms are more common in the feet because most of the time they are in shoes or shocks providing the perfect environment for the fungus to grow.

How Can I Treat It?

There are several inexpensive and natural ways of treating a nail fungus problem before even going to pills, sprays or zeta clear solution. They include:

  • Tea Tree Oil – simply wipe it on the nail a few times a day, it will break down the fungus.
  • Cut your nails short to where they are just at the edge of the toe. Clean underneath them with a file and keep them dry. Avoid wearing shoes and socks when possible.
  • Vinegar – Soaking your toe nails in this solution and letting them air dry provides another natural way of attacking the fungus at the source.

If after you try all these solutions, you find they don’t work the next step would be to consult with your doctor and find something that works for you. They will very likely prescribe you an oral medication, just note that it is very hard on your liver. During this treatment time you will also want to make sure you continue to practice good toenail hygiene to prevent the infection from spreading and re-infection of the already infected toe nails.

Remember there are other options you can choose form too. If you do a simple look around the internet it is certain you will find a solution that might work better for you than dangerous pills. This is even more important when you have a young child that might be infected. Research is the key to treating anyone with this problem.

Herbs and Headaches

In the constant investigation for the natural medication for the agonizing headaches, herbs are a prospect that has been discovered. But we have to concentrate on the thing that the some of the herbs may have side effects.

Feverfew Herb

Feverfew is the herb, which we are using since two thousand years as the medication for fever has been conformed that it has the processions that are useful in reducing the ache regularity of the headaches. The feverfew is capable to suspend the clusters of platelets in the blood, which may obstruct the right discharge of serotonin, the human’s natural pain reliever, which is very helpful in reducing the headache. The herb can be grown in the garden, and we may take the leaves as the medicine as per the ancient way or can buy them in the form of pills. This medicine can be used daily precautionary medicine. Expecting women and mothers under treatment should not take this herb. Stinging mouth, stomach upset and in tensed bleeding are the side-effects of this herb.

Chamomile Herb

Another herb Chamomile is considered to be a nice headache reliever. Disturbed stomach, nausea which is caused by the migraine, can be relieved naturally, by using this herb. This herb is a gentle narcotic, so it is useful in relaxing the headache. Chamomile can be of different types, like the English and the German. Among them, the German type is used generally. This can be available in the form of pills and tea. This herb is considered as the safest thing to use.

Ginger is also used as the reliever of nausea, which is caused by migraine. Peppermint is also used to tranquillize the stomach of the migraine victim. Cayenne pepper is also good for migraine treatment. This herb is useful in treating the cluster headaches. This herb is available in the form of nasal spray, and increases the victim’s resistance power to the migraine. Ginko is the herb that improves the blood circulation to the brain is used in the treatment of headaches. This herb can cause some side-effects, as it is taken along with the medicines containing lithium and aspirin.

Passionflower is used to reduce the nervousness, in the form of tea. It is considered as the all-in one like; it may react as a pain killer, relaxant and anti-inflammatory herb. Guar Ana is the herb that contains caffeine. The herb white willow bark is an often used drug, which operates as the drug aspirin. This herb acts as a pain-killer. All these herbs are helpful in relieving the headache.

Warts – Herbal Treatment

Herbal Wart Treatment

For a natural wart remedy, naturopathic physicians recommend a cream containing the herb thuja. Apply the cream to the affected area twice a day.

Be forewarned: You will need to treat the wart religiously for up to six months. Warts, caused by a virus, have “roots” beneath the surface of the skin. Unless you kill the virus beneath the skin, the wart may reappear.

Ulcer Drugs Cure Warts

According to recent studies, acid-blocking drugs (specifically Tagamet), typically used to treat ulcers, have proven to thwart the virus that causes warts. Although you can get acid­ blocking drugs over the counter, it’s best to speak to your doctor or dermatologist before you begin any self-treatment for your warts. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need a prescription-strength drug or another type of therapy for best results.

Oil Away Warts with Vitamin E

Vitamin E is known as a skin soother. And it might also erase that stubborn wart. Take 400 international units (IV) in pill form, or apply the contents of an oil-filled capsule onto the area. It will take a few months before you start to see the effects.

Banana Peel’s Appeal

Long before there were dermatologists and laser treatments, folk healers treated warts with banana peels. They still do-and rather effectively at times. Before bedtime, take an extremely ripe (blackened) banana; remove a small, square section of peel; place it on the wart; cover with gauze and tape; repeat the next night and the next. Some warts vanish in a week; others are more stubborn.

Garlic Aid

You won’t find this treatment in any standard dermatology text­book, but many warts respond to garlic oil. For a wart on the hand or foot

  1. Spread vitamin E oil around the wart, to protect the surrounding skin.
  2. Then apply a clove of freshly-crushed garlic directly onto the wart, covering it with an elastic bandage.

Your first sign of progress will be a tingle or slight burn, then you will notice, often within a few days, the formation of a blister. Keep applying vitamin E oil to soften the skin and aid the healing process.

Planter Warts

Aspirin to the Rescue

Painful plantar warts on the soles of the feet are among the most stubborn to remove. They grow in, not on, your skin. Yet a simple and often successful solution is not widely known: Aspirin.

Here’s how to apply it: Crush half an aspirin tablet, drop the pinchful of powder directly onto the wart and cover with medical or adhesive tape. Leave on for one or two days, enabling salicylic acid from the aspirin to irritate the skin. This then triggers the immune system to heal the wart and surrounding skin. More common (and more expensive) over­the-counter wart medicines also contain salicylic acid.


Grandma’s Comforts – Home Remedies for flu

Some of the common traditional remedies to deal with the flu

Cosying Up Take a very hot bath, as hot as you can stand, and then snuggle up in a nice warm bed. Remain there the whole day and through that night, even if doing so means you’re neglecting your family. Read a good book or write letters to special friends who are far away. Drink lots of fluids.

For a scratchy or sore throat, try:

Hot lemon tea Cut up two whole lemons and add to a pot of boiling water Let steep for ten minutes. Drink with a tablespoon of honey to the cup.

For a scratchy throat with nasal or sinus congestion, there is:

Hot ginger milk Heat, but do not boil, a pan of milk. To this, add two or three slices of fresh ginger. If fresh isn’t available, use 1/4 -3/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. Serve hot with honey to taste.

Or try this;

Vinegar and honey Mix equal parts (one tablespoon each) of apple cider vinegar and honey in hot water to relieve nasal congestion and aches. Can also be used to gargle.

Some cures were potent indeed:

Herbs Herbalists today base most of their remedies on age-old recipe-. handed down from one generation to another. Teas such as camomile rosehip and peppermint are used by many people to relieve symptoms of the common cold and flu. Teas of cayenne (red pepper) are said to be excellent for relieving a cough.

Cod-liver oil and garlic A remedy for a cold or flu, which most of us probably prefer to forget, is that dose of cod-liver oil two or three times a day. Or how about swallowing some garlic?

Home Remedies for Colic

You are at the end of your rope. You have tried everything under the sun to soothe your little one who is still crying non-stop. Your pediatrician gave you the diagnoses of colic and told you the condition would pass. But they have no recommendations for any type of medication. You have talked with friends that have had babies with Colic and tried all of their suggestions, but you are still staying up at night and becoming more frustrated because you can not help your new born baby.

There are a few home remedies that have proven to help babies with colic. All of these are herbs and before using them you should talk with your baby’s physician.
1.) Bryonia alba will help if your baby is irritable and shows signs of constipation.
2.) Chamomilla helps when your baby is cranky and will not stop crying. This soothes the baby that wants held constantly.
3.) Colocynthis should be used for infants with severe colic. If your baby curls up in a ball and seems to be in pain, this is the best herb for relieving the pain.
4.) Magnesia phosphorica works great also if your little one shows any sign of relieve when you place something warm on their tummy such as a hot water bottle.
Pulsatilla is also good for irritable and cranky babies.

You can purchase some colic drops from your local grocery or retail store. These drops do work and will help your little sleep peacefully and you can find these them in the pharmacy area of most grocery stores. You can also speak with the pharmacist and he can recommend which drops are better.

Remember, before you use any type of herb or medication you should consult with your baby’s physician.

Taking turns caring for a colicky baby may also help not just your sanity, but also can soothe your baby. Each parent holds the little one in their special way and can comfort them differently.